|CPU||16-bit Western Design Center 65816 clocked at 2 MHz|
|Memory||512–1024 KB RAM, 32 KB CMOS RAM, 256 KB ROM|
The Acorn Communicator is a discontinued business computer developed by Acorn Computers in 1985. The system sold in very low numbers to companies requiring a computer with a built-in modem. As a dedicated Prestel terminal with built-in word processing and spreadsheet capabilities, the Communicator found a niche market amongst travel agents in the United Kingdom and Italy, who used Prestel (and similar networks) as probably the earliest online booking service.
The system used a 16-bit Western Design Center 65816 chip rather than the 8-bit MOS Technology 6502, which was used by all of Acorn's previous offerings. The communicator boasted 512 KB of memory, which was expandable to 1024 KB.
The Communicator contained a full office software suite, including View software (word processor), ViewSheet (spreadsheet), and a fully featured Prestel terminal, plus (of course) Econet and many of the interfaces found on the BBC series of computers. The system software that bound the packages together was a mixture of BBC Basic and assembly language. The software development team was led by Paul Bond, a keen pilot who would occasionally fly team members in his Cessna when things were quiet.
- Chris’s Acorns: Communicator
- Page dedicated to the Communicator at the Wayback Machine (archived October 30, 2004)
- The Very Rare Acorn Briefcase Communicator @ Computing History
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